Jeanette Alexander Nunnally: Obituary


Jeanette Alexander Nunnally

July 26, 1934 – February 26, 2020

Jeanette Nunnally, age 85 of Cleveland, passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland.

John Robert “Bobby” Dockery: Obituary


Mr. John Robert “Bobby” Dockery, age 55, of Cleveland, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2020.


Mr. Dockery was born in Hall County to John Robert and the late Patrica Raven Dockery. In addition to his mother, he is also preceded in death by daughters, Crystal Dockery and Daisy Dockery; grandson, Wesley Garrison; and mother-in-law, Gertrude Edge.  Mr. Dockery was a truck driver and a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church.


Survivors include his wife, Tammy Dockery; daughter and son-in-law, Maranda and Thomas Garrison; daughter, Ashley Garrison; father, Robert Dockery; sisters and brothers-in-law, Christy and Ricky Bell, Robin and Ricky Buttler, and Brad and Sheree Dockery; grandchildren, Kimberly Garrison, Shaylee Garrison, and Carson Garrison; and several nieces and nephews.


Funeral services are scheduled for 2 PM Tuesday, February 25 from the Chapel of Barrett Funeral Home.  The Rev. Danny Kastner, Rev. Kip Lee, and Mr. Mike Gooch will officiate. Interment will follow in Damascus Baptist Church Cemetery.


The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 8:00 PM Monday, February 24 at Barrett Funeral Home.

The family request in lieu of flowers that donations be made to help assist with funeral expenses.

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Janette Hodges: Obituary


Janette Hodges age 77, of Cleveland passed away Monday February 17, 2019.

Mrs. Hodges was born in Massachusetts to the late Harold and Robie Dodge Gullic. She went to Widefield High School in Security Colorado and attended Blair Business College where she was a member of the Alpha lota Sorority. Mrs. Hodges loved to play softball and was nicknamed “Bubblegum”. She dearly loved her family. Mrs. Hodges was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Simmons.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Robert Hodges, Cleveland; daughter, Leigh Anne Padilla, Cleveland; twin sister, Jane Barrett, Cornelia; grandchildren, Jordanne Thomas, Adriana Padilla, Arielle Padilla, Roberto Padilla; great grandchildren, Bonham, Anabel, Analise and Arizonia.

No services will be held.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland.

Betty Doris Abernathy: Obituary


Betty Doris Abernathy, age 77, of Cleveland, passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020.


Mrs. Abernathy was born on January 24, 1943, in Gainesville, Georgia, to the late Arthur and Beatrice Irvin Goss.  In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Winford Abernathy; son, David Abernathy; and daughter, Karen Abernathy.  Mrs. Abernathy worked for the White County School System and was of the Christian Faith.


Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda and Darryl Carter, Cleveland, and Wanda and Tony Brewster, Dahlonega; grandchildren, Shane, Crystal, Ethan, Greg, and Shannon; and sisters, Sue and Janie.


The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at the funeral home.


Flowers will be accepted, or donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Johnny Harold Cronan: Obituary


Johnny Harold Cronan age 68, of Cleveland passed away Tuesday February 18, 2020.


Mr. Cronan was born in Fulton County the son of the late Carl and Mary Andrews Cronan.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sherry Ann Cronan.  Mr. Cronan was a self employed Plumber.


Survivors include his wife, Doris Cronan, Cleveland; daughter and son in law, Tracey and Donald Butler, Cumming; daughter, Angela Ertzberger, Dawsonville; step children, Stanley (Cotton) Thompson, Cleveland, Adam Thompson, KY., Wendy Gooch, Cleveland; brother and girlfriend, Jimmy Cronan and Janice Burns, Dahlonega; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2020 at the Chapel of Barrett Funeral Home.  The Rev. Spencer Anderson, Rev. W.A. Jenkins and the Rev. Donnie Wilkes will officiate.  Burial will follow at Center Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.


The family will receive friends 1-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.


In lieu of flowers it is requested that donations be made to assist the family in care of The Bridge Church, 607 Hulsey Rd. Cleveland, GA 30528 or online at The Bridge Church at the


Online condolences may be made to the family at


Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Vivian Geneva Gooch: Obituary


Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland announces the death of Vivian Geneva Gooch, age 75 of Gainesville. Ms. Gooch passed away Friday, February 21, 2020.


Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced soon.


Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland. 706-865-3101.

Lorene House: Obituary


Cleveland Funeral Home announces the passing of Ms. Lorene House age 97, on February 11th, 2020.

Ms. House was an artist, and a passionate one at that. She loved acrylics and oils, doing mostly beautiful landscapes. She was a mother, grandmother, and a great grandmother.

Ms. House was a special soul. Her beauty and smile would light up any room she was in. She will be so missed by her family.

She is preceded in death by her husband, William F. House, Son, William Leeburn, and brother Clinton Sizemore

She is survived by her daughter Faye Bailey, grandchildren, Mark Bailey (wife Misty), and Steven Bailey. Great grandchildren, Christopher Bailey and Charlie Bailey.

Internment at Park Hill Cemetery in Columbus, Ga

No public services are scheduled.

To send flowers to Lorene’s family, please visit our floral section.

Jean Kennedy: Obituary


Jean Kennedy of Cleveland, GA passed away on February 12, 2020 at her home surrounded by family. Jean was born on December 31, 1932 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to the late Vidalia Mary Clover Ryan and William Henry Ryan.

Jean moved to Helen, GA with her late husband Joe, in the summer of 1973. They discovered Helen while on their drive home to FL following a vacation in Boston. Jean and Joe immediately fell in love with Helen and moved their family there within 2 weeks and opened their candle shop. Jean immersed herself in the artistic side in the business, designing, creating and painting the more than 200 varieties of candles sold in their store. Jean designed and created beautiful cut glass candle holders each night at home. Several years after Jean and Joe moved to Helen, they opened their second candle store in the Nacoochee Valley area of North Georgia. This became their candle factory with all of the candle making equipment and handmade molds to make their candles. Customers could watch the candles being made firsthand in this new facility. Unfortunately, shortly after moving the family business into this new location, an arsonist burned down the entire business leaving Jean and Joe with an irreplaceable loss of their candle molds and artwork.

The Kennedy’s were determined to keep their business in Helen, which had become home to them. Shortly after the candle business was burned down, Jean opened a new store in Helen, Kennedy’s Irish Cottage. Her store was a customer favorite with items from all over the world and Irish music always playing throughout the shop. Jean always seemed to make a connection with each of her customers and would start a conversation with a question showing her interest in them as a customer and their visit to Helen.

Jean was a great cook and loved making dinner for her family. She loved container gardening, crocheting and reading. She loved life, and shared that with everyone in it through her contagious laugh and warm smile. To Jean FAMILY was everything. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Jean was the second to youngest of 11 children and was preceded in death by all of her siblings. Jean was also preceded in death by her oldest son, William James Kennedy. Jean is survived by her 5 children, 11 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Jean’s entire family would like to acknowledge her amazing team of caregivers for whom we have been so fortunate and blessed to have had caring for our mother. They will forever be part of our family.

The family will receive friends on Monday, February 17th from 12 – 2PM at Barrett Funeral Home, immediately followed by the funeral service in the Chapel with burial to follow at Helen Cemetery.

Flowers will be acknowledged, however it is requested that memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave, Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601

To share a memory or send a condolence, please visit

Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland in charge of arrangements (706) 865-3101.

James Daniel Smallwood, Jr: Obituary


Our Angel is home. Mr. James Daniel Smallwood, Jr. left this earthly world to be with Jesus on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

Mr. Smallwood was born on August 8, 1924, in Commerce, Georgia, to Mr. and Mrs. James Daniel Smallwood, Sr. James graduated from Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia with a degree in Chemistry. He and his wife of 76 years, Runette Taylor Smallwood, lived in Helen, Georgia for many years. They moved to Greenville, South Carolina to be close to their daughter and their granddaughters after they were born.

Mr. Smallwood had a long and distinguished military career with the United States Army Air Corps which was later named the United States Air Force. You could not find a greater patriot. He was a World War II veteran who participated in the invasion of Normandy, France three days after D-Day. After receiving his honorable discharge from active duty, he worked for the United States Department of Agriculture until his retirement. During his USDA employment, he continued to serve his country as a member of the United States Air Force Reserves. He was a proud member of Christ Church Episcopal in Greenville, South Carolina, the Gainesville Masonic Lodge #219, and the Scottish Rite. He also received a Quilt of Valor on February 10, 2019 in recognition of his service to our country.

Survivors include his wife, Runette Taylor Smallwood, their daughter and son-in-law, Shawn S. Hammond and William C. Hammond, Jr; and granddaughters, Victoria Brooke and Olivia Campbell.

Funeral services are scheduled for 12:00 Noon, Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the Chapel of Barrett Funeral Home. The Rev. Dennis Turner will officiate. Interment will follow the funeral service at Helen Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Helen, Georgia.
Full Military Honors will be provided by the White County Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Wednesday, prior to the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Smallwood’s memory may be made to Christ Church Episcopal – 10 North Church Street, Greenville, South Carolina 29601.

To share a memory or to leave a condolence to the family please visit

Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland, Georgia is in charge of funeral services

Jessie Darline Gunter: Obituary


Mrs. Jessie Darline Gunter, age 73, of Cleveland, passed away Monday, February 10, 2020.

Mrs. Gunter was born November 9, 1946 in Murphy, NC to the late Zed-Worth Youngblood and Wilda Sims Youngblood. Jessie was a homemaker and a member of Center Grove Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Roger Youngblood and Lonnie Youngblood.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry Gunter Sr.; daughters and sons-in-law, Marline and John Rider; Arline and Tom Jackson; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Beverly Gunter Jr.; son, Jeff Gunter; daughter, Karen Gunter; brother, Harold Hollifield, 9 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at The Chapel of Barrett Funeral Home. Dr. Don Pruitt will officiate. Interment will follow in the Center Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit

Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Earl T. Rogers: Obituary


U.S. Veteran

Earl T. Rogers, age 72 of Cleveland, passed away Friday, February 07, 2020.


Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced soon by Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland. 706-865-3101.

Brenda Irvin Vandiver: Obituary


Brenda Irvin Vandiver, age 63 of Cleveland, passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. She was born on December 19, 1956, in Habersham County, to Tarris “Dood” Irvin and Jean Black Irvin.

Brenda graduated from White County High School, and later graduated from Brenau College. She worked for many years as business manager of the Outdoor Therapeutic Program in Cleveland, and at the White County High School Guidance Counselor’s office and the Mountain Education Charter High School.

Brenda is survived by her husband, David Vandiver, Sautee; her son Derek, his wife Taylor, and grandson, Dax Elliott Vandiver, Statham, Georgia; special aunt, Bondell Irvin Cathey, Leaf Community; sister, Rita Irvin Hawkins and husband Joe, Cleveland; brother, Mark Irvin and wife Andrea, Cleveland; and brother, Keith Irvin, Cornelia. Other surviving family members include mother-in-law, Jimmie Vandiver, Helen; brother-in-law, Mitchell Vandiver and wife Sydney, Sautee; sister-in-law, Marcia Vandiver Bates and husband Ricky, Batesville; brother-in-law, Bill Vandiver, Helen; four nieces, one nephew, six great-nieces, one great-nephew; and many other relatives.

“Boo” was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was a role model, mentor, and valuable companion who cared for each and every person she met. She spent her career trying to help kids in need, spent her free time helping others, and spent her thoughts trying to figure out how to make the world a little better. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

To share a memory or to leave a condolence, please visit

Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland.

Lorraine Rita Boucher Bailey: Obituary


Lorraine Rita Boucher Bailey passed away on February 3, 2020 after a valiant and faith filled battle with cancer.

Lorraine was born in Adams, Massachusetts on May 7, 1947 to Yvonne and Emile Boucher, the youngest of their 15 children. Growing up in North Adams, this large, tight knit group relied on the love of family and a love of music that they have passed on to the generations after.

Lorraine attended Drury High School. In 1966-67, Lorraine was an inspector of space suits for NASA. This work gave her an opportunity to get to know the astronauts and was a special time of which she was always proud.

In April 1967, Lorraine and Michael set off on an adventure by making permanent a partnership that endured over half a century, the raising of three teenagers, several moves, and in later years, their divided interest in watching golf versus the Hallmark channel.

Lorraine attended Kennesaw State College. Her primary career choice was homemaking and Lorraine had an incredible knack for organization and making her surroundings lovely. Blessed with much creativity, Lorraine could paint, sew, bake and crochet like a pro and she gladly shared these gifts with others. She could whisper any unhappy plant back to life, and did so for her family and even for strangers in offices she visited. She loved music and singing throughout her life and she had a wide range of favorites from 60’s to praise music, to songs with lyrics all in French. Lorraine rooted loudly and proudly for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the New York Yankees.

She also had a heart for all God’s creatures and volunteered with several animal organizations for both domestic pets and wildlife. In recent years, the plight of the dwindling butterfly population caught her heart and she raised and released hundreds of butterflies, while educating others in doing so.

Though Lorraine lived in the South most of her adult life, part of her heart always remained in The Berkshires and she was also very proud of her French Canadian heritage and large salt of the earth family.

Lorraine lived her faith and was always quick to let you know where her Help came from. She was a member of St. Andrews’s Lutheran Church in Jacksonville Beach, Florida and enjoyed serving with the Holy Comforters group to help people in need.

Lorraine loved her family, and she kept her almost 53 year marriage to Michael in front of it all with a devotion he definitely returned. She will be lovingly remembered and missed by him, along with her children: son Marc and daughter-in-law Karla; daughter Michelle Shaw and son-in-law Michael; and son Josh and daughter-in-law Kayla. Her grandchildren were her heart and she will be dearly missed by Amanda (Seth) Shaw, Dylan Shaw, Madeline Shaw, Jola Bailey, Jezreel Bailey, Landon Bailey, Naomi Bailey and Violette Bailey.  Lorraine is survived by her brothers Norm Boucher, Richard (Mary) Boucher, and Donald (Marguerite) Boucher; and her sisters Jane (Clarence) Schumaker and Ruth (Don) DeLude, plus too many beloved nieces and nephews to list for fear of leaving one out.

Graveside services are scheduled for 12:30 PM Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Concord Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Barrett Funeral Home.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Lorraine’s name to your local Humane Society. Her love of animals is a testimony to her heart. She has always believed in speaking up for those without a voice. (Plus she wouldn’t want Mike taking care of any plants you might send him.)

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

To share a memory or to leave the family a condolence please visit

Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland, GA 706-865-3101.

David Johnson: Obituary


Cleveland Funeral Home and Cremation Services announces that David Johnson 70 of Cleveland passed away on February 2nd 2020. He was born on September 8th, 1949 in Dunlap, Tennessee to the late James Mitchell and Ethel Meyers Johnson.

After retiring as an Assembler for General Motors he moved to Cleveland where he opened up a shop at the Helen Flea Market. Mr. Johnson was a trickster at heart and his shop is where he sold a variety of gag gifts.

Among pulling pranks on his friends and family he enjoyed woodworking, his dog Bailey and most of all his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brother Leonard Johnson and his beloved dog Bailey.

Mr. Johnson is Survived by his children; Rickey Johnson (Whitney) of Kentucky, Terry Johnson of Dallas, Ga, and Tracy Edwards (Kevin) of Cleveland, Ga. Brothers; Chester and Jamie Johnson. Grandchildren; Austin, Inez, Haley, Mindy, Colton, Mathew, Andy, Ryan and Lilly as well as 1 Great Grandchild due in March.

The family will receive friends Saturday February 8th from 3-6pm at the Cleveland Funeral Home.


The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Hospice of Northeast Ga. Devra, Rebecca, and Tiffany.


Cleveland Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of these arrangements.

To send flowers to David’s family, please visit our floral section.

Lalla S West: Obituary

Lalla S West

October 17, 1921 – February 01, 2020

Lalla S. West age 98 of Cleveland passed away Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Gateway nursing Home.

Arrangements will be announced by Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland.

Donald Thomas: Obituary

Donald Thomas

December 19, 1951 – February 01, 2020

Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland announced the death of Mr. Donald Thomas, age 69, of Cleveland.  Mr. Thomas passed away Saturday, February 1, 2020.  Arrangements will be announced later.

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